Aug. 21, 2020

The Alabama Public Library Service will host a webinar, Tackling Racism in Classic Children’s Literature, on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. CDT. There are many classic books on shelves today that are often perceived as outdated or racist when viewed through a modern lens. These works reflect a homogenous past, yet they still thrive in a multicultural present. How do we hold onto intellectual freedom while also strengthening our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness? Nashville Public Library spent a year asking that very question. The resulting work can be replicated by other libraries seeking to apply an anti-racist focus to their children's collections. Join us as Klem-Marí Cajigas and Lindsey Patrick-Wright offer insight and suggestions to assist in a re-evaluation of our collections. This webinar was previously presented in sessions at the TLA 2019 Annual Conference and 2020 PLA Conference.

Klem-Marí Cajigas is the Family Literacy Coordinator for Bringing Books to Life!, Nashville Public Library’s award-winning early literacy outreach program. She has been with Nashville Public Library since 2012, after more than a decade of academic training in Religious Studies and Ministry, including doctoral work at Vanderbilt University.

Lindsey Patrick-Wright was formerly the Youth Services and Continuing Education Coordinator for the Tennessee State Library and Archives. She has been at Nashville Public Library for nine years, first managing their Children's Department. Patrick-Wright currently manages their Southeast Branch.

Details will follow next week on how to sign up and participate in this webinar.